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Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)
Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The moment you pause will be the moment you die..., 12 Feb. 2015
I had the pleasure of obtaining a proof copy of Half the World at Bath Children’s Literature Festival. I greedily devoured this book within a few days. The compelling storytelling and depth of characters simply shines from this story. Abercrombie grabs you from the first pages and does not let go. I cannot praise this book highly enough. Yarvi is still present in this book. He is now Father Yarvi, being a Minister now and embracing this role as a ‘deep-cunning man’. Father Yarvi takes a back seat though and that is no bad thing as the two protagonists in this book are excellently imagined. Thorn is a fantastic character: a warrior woman not accepted by a male-dominated warrior society. She is a feisty, rude, awkward and deadly. Her development throughout the story is a joy to read. The other protagonist, the peaceable warrior, Brand is the perfect antithesis of Thorn. Abercrombie plays these characters off each other perfectly throughout the book.
The thing that is amazing about this book is the depth of gritty reality that the novel affords. You really feel as though you are there straining at the oars as they journey over ‘Half the World’ to get to their destination, the First of Cities, the Constantinople of Abercrombie’s world. This book mimics real Viking history as the Vikings did sail to Constantinople in the height of their power. You feel every strain as they carry their long ship over land. You smell the blood as Thorn swings her blades in deadly arcs. It is totally immersing.
The ancient elves are also developed as hints and suggestions in book 1 are built upon and you begin to get a feel of who these ancient elves were. All in all, this is one of the best Abercrombie books I have read. It does not read like a bridging book of a trilogy and stands as the middle part of the whole three story arc in its own right. He has made the transition to the YA market effortlessly and has still retained some of the gore and dark humour of his adult novels. If you liked Half a King, then you will love this book as it brings the whole of the trilogy into focus for the epic showdown in book 3, Half a War. A fantastic book and one I will read again and again.


You Choose!
You Choose!
by Pippa Goodhart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book!, 18 Sept. 2014
This review is from: You Choose! (Paperback)
We are Jay Class in St. Philips Primary School and we are year 1. We like this book because we like to learn from it. The pictures are fun and colourful. We like the picture of the knight and the animals. We have chosen lots of things from the book. We think you should buy You Choose because it is exciting to look at. We spend hours looking at the pictures.We love this book.


The White Christmas Album
The White Christmas Album
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £1.25

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Christmas album in the whole world!, 10 Dec. 2013
I love this album. I bought it from Woolworths (yes, that long ago) and it has been the official Christmas album for my house ever since. It has all of the classic crooners, including some rare tracks too. This is a definate buy for anyone who loves those fantastic songs that makes Christmas magical! You must buy this album... it is fantastic!


You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!
You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!
by Andy Stanton
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really funty story! Reviewed by Jay Class, 11 Jun. 2013
This is a story about Mr Gum who is a very bad man who hates children! We, in Jay Class, thought that the story was fantastic and funny (or funty). We loved the bits with the entrails in. They made good missiles. We liked the present that Jake, the big whopper of a dog, left on Mr Gum's garden (poo!). The story made us feel happy and alive. You must read it NOW!!! In Jay Class, we have all found out that THE TRUTH IN A LEMON MERINGUE!! Go and buy this book right now.

From Jay Class, St.Philips Primary school, Bath


Write Stuff: Creative Writing for Boys
Write Stuff: Creative Writing for Boys
by Holly Brook-Piper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tool for stretching creativity!, 28 Mar. 2013
We bought this book for our 8 year old son who is a very creative thinker, but has not yet transposed this into his writing. The book goes through step-by-step instructions in how to plot, develop character, setting and much much more. It has stretched my boy's thinking and given him opportunities to try out new ideas and techniques. The book works best when an adult is helping to explain and help to spark the ideas. Write Stuff has excited, stretched and encouraged my boy who is now beginning to see himself as a real writer. A must for any parent who has a boy who is reluctant to write.


Gods and Warriors
Gods and Warriors
by Grace Pond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.44

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful!, 17 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Gods and Warriors (Hardcover)
After reading, and absolutely loving, Paver's highly successful Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, I was dubious about how she could top such a fantastic series of stories, but in Gods and warriors, Paver has created another classic. What is special about this book is not the fact that the author researches her work meticulously, but more the way that she uses that research to weave a rich embroidery of a tale out of it. The story feels both ancient and credible. The interactions between the main characters Hylas and Pirra are fresh and interesting and not just another reincarnation of Torak and Renn.

It was also lovely to see Hylas's relationship with Spirit the dolphin. In some ways, his relationship with Spirit seems almost deeper than that of Torak and Wolf. This story feels different to her previous work, but it still has the Michelle Paver hallmark of excellent, exciting, involved and quality storytelling. In two words, its: simply beautiful!


Five Minutes' Peace
Five Minutes' Peace
by Jill Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice story, 11 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Five Minutes' Peace (Paperback)
We are Jay Class at St Philips Primary School and we want to write about this book. We like it when the elephants jump in the bath. It was fun when they splashed in the water. We like the picture of mummy elephant eating in the kitchen. We thought that it was funny when the children followed their mum up the stairs. It is the best book. We think that you should read it.


The Snowman
The Snowman
by Raymond Briggs
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Jay Class, St Philips Primary School, 7 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Snowman (Board book)
We liked it when the little boy made the snowman. It was magical and fantastic when the snowman came alive. It was amazing when they were flying in the snowy sky. We didn't like it when the snowman melted.We think that the pictures have nice colours in them. We love reading this book in class. We love reading this book and we think that you should read it too.


Koonyum Sun
Koonyum Sun
Price: £13.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rudd, Roots, Rhythm!, 22 April 2010
This review is from: Koonyum Sun (Audio CD)
It is a real pleasure to listen to this album. Xavier Rudd has dug deep and accessed even deeper into his musical psyche. The amalgamation of Izintaba, the South African duo and Tio Moloantoa, his new bassist give a fresh multi-layered, more rooted feel to his music. The music resonates with a deep sense of soul-searching and self-understanding from Rudd. This album is more reminiscent of 'Food in the Belly' and 'Solace' with the first half of 'White Moth' thrown in for good measure. His previous album: 'Dark Shades of Blue' seems to have been as edgy and rough as Rudd is prepared to go and, in my opinion, that's not a bad thing. Listening to the mournful, but beautifully haunting 'Love Comes and Goes' shows the quality we expect from Xavier -just him and a guitar. Then, 'Sky to Ground' shows clearly the new African influence with the beautiful African bass-tones overcut by the sharp clarity of Rudd. It warms the heart to hear. For me personally, being a didge player, not enough of the instrument for me in the album. Xavier plays the didgeridoo so well it seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. All in all though, a fantastic musical experience which will enrich anyone who hears it. Well worth 5 stars. Thanks Xavier, keep it up!


Wild Republic 30cm Cuddlekins Snail
Wild Republic 30cm Cuddlekins Snail

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift, 2 Nov. 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
My little lad loves snails and so when I saw this whilst perusing the Amazon website, I had to get it. The toy snail has a lot of charatcer and is surprisingly cuddly. My boy has had his snail for some time now and it is still a pleasure to see him swinging it around by its eye stalks! The snail even goes to bed with him. The perfect present for a little boy who wants to take a real snail to bed with him!


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